How often do we find ourselves surrounded but alone
11.07.2014 - 14.08.2014
So I will be starting work soon and this will be my last trip before entering into my next phase of life. Sure i will still have more opportunities to travel then but not without a larger opportunity cost and perhaps not with so much freedom and lack of responsibility.
As i didnt have as much time as i was comfortable with as well as travelling much more in europe than in asia, i decided to travel somewhere closer to home. But going for trips like this always made me sad as i knew my climbing would just plunge when i return back
So i packed my bags and left for Xian, where i would meet jason who has been travelling for the longest time. He flew to russia and made his way back to china through the trans-siberian railway and then going through mongolia !
Xian was a nice chinese city, not as busy and chaotic as i had expected but still with people and behaviour one would normally expect
Jason and i were staying in a nice hostel ran by a lady and her family. The lady had just retired and decided with some of her retirement funds to open the hostel and help travellers. She was so kind hearted that the prices she charged were below the market rate and when we advised her to adjust the pricing for one of the rooms her reply was "There's no need to...im not doing this for profit"
Our stay there was really enjoyable, it felt more like a homestay than a hostel, every night they would cook dinner for us and we would watch sit in the living room and have dinner together. The lady boss would also teach us to make dumplings, which wasnt an easy task haha.
One night she also brought us out to see the city ! She was very enthusiastic and proud of xian and wanted to show us the best of xian and became a little apologetic when we didnt have enough time. I was very touched by her hospitality and big heart.
Soon it was time to leave Xian for our next destination Xian A nice sleeper train awaits !
Something i was encouraged to read recently that really reminded me on our position in life.
“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” -CS lewis